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Sm Motors

Redhill , 15 years of experience


“Sandor arrived promptly and fitted the part within the estimated time. There were no problems. An excellent job.”

Volkswagen Golf VI • Front shock absorber replacement

“Sandor was excellent and he kept me in the loop with what he was doing. He even showed me the old clutch and the wear and tear on it. He was very courteous and respecting of the place. Would definitely recommend Sandor for your repairs.”

Peugeot 107 • Clutch replacement (Plate, cover & release bearing)


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“Greg was very friendly , seemed to know exactly what he was doing and went through every step with me bit buy bit . Very happy with the work carried out and the price was quite reasonable , happy to use him again , but hopefully not ! .”

Citroen C2 • Front shock absorber replacement

“Greg was very helpful and would definitely use him again!”

Ford Fiesta • Check & adjust Parking brake freeplay


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Miles Motor Mechanics

Little Burstead, Essex , 5 years of experience


“Miles was a very professional. He was easy to talk to which made me feel confident in him. He did the job with ease and competence.I will definitely use him again. ”

BMW 3 Series • Rear shock absorbers (pair) replacement

“I couldn't be happier with the work carried out... will definitely use him again 👍”

BMW 3 Series • Starter motor replacement


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Bear Motor

London , 18 years of experience


“I could not fault Dan ,nice man knew what he was doing what more could you want !!!!”

Renault Scenic • Front shock absorber replacement

“Dan was on time communicated well and diagnosed problem ”

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“Very good . Gave good advice and explanation.”

Vauxhall/Opel Zafira-A • Rear shock absorber replacement

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How much does a Shock Absorber replacement cost?

Labour times and part prices vary depending on the particular vehicle, but to give you an idea here are some examples.

Car Franchise Dealer estimate Independent Garage estimate ClickMechanic ClickMechanic Saving
Car2007 Fiat Doblo Franchise Dealer Est.£143 - £176 Independent Garage Est.£94 - £121 ClickMechanic Est.£93 - £120 Saving33%
Car2010 Hyundai i30 Franchise Dealer Est.£210 - £232 Independent Garage Est.£147 - £162 ClickMechanic Est.£146 - £161 Saving30%
Car2002 Volvo S60 Franchise Dealer Est.£329 - £363 Independent Garage Est.£164 - £192 ClickMechanic Est.£162 - £190 Saving49%
Car2012 Citroen C4 II Franchise Dealer Est.£227 - £251 Independent Garage Est.£137 - £152 ClickMechanic Est.£136 - £150 Saving40%
Car2002 Toyota Avensis Franchise Dealer Est.£254 - £290 Independent Garage Est.£155 - £178 ClickMechanic Est.£153 - £176 Saving39%

Want to learn more about Shock Absorber replacements?

Read our short guide with information on costs, symptoms and more.

What does a Shock Absorber do?

The shock absorber is a component of the suspension system that evens out the irregularities of the road surface the car navigates. It is mounted on one side to the car's chassis or body and on the other to one of the wheel's wishbones.

Essentially, the shock absorber consists of a tube filled with gas or oil that is compressed by a piston. It essentially dissipates the kinetic energy generated by the road.

How do you know there is something wrong with the Shock Absorber?

  • When the car bounces on excessively after driving over a hump or similar.
  • When the car feels unstable going through corners or rough services.
  • When the impact of navigating over humps is harder than normal.
  • When there is a puddle of oil-like fluid underneath the car near a wheel.
  • When the tyres lose touch with the ground after a shock absorption.

When should you consider a Shock Absorber replacement?

Over time, a shock absorber's condition can deteriorate due to the fact that it is in constant use when the car is driven. Eventually, it can be that fluid or gas starts to leak out of the shock absorber which can, for example, be due to a leaking valve inside. A bad shock absorber will cause an unstable ride, through corners.

Equally, it can be that the car rocks excessively when going over humps or when stopping the car, bouncing for a prolonged period after the actual shock absorption.

Issues with the shock absorbers that are not addressed can lead to a variety of other, more expensive, issues; among which is excessive tyre wear. It is therefore important to address issues with the shock absorber timely and professionally to ensure an optimal ride and prevent further damage.

Should you experience problems with a shock absorber then it is advisable to have the system inspected and, if necessary, have the bad shock absorber replaced. Always service the shock absorbers as and when stipulated in the guidelines set out by your car's manufacturer.

What happens during a Shock Absorber replacement?

  • The mechanic will test drive the car to establish the possible cause of the problem.
  • The mechanic will inspect the suspension system and shock absorbers in detail.
  • If necessary, the mechanic will replace the worn or broken shock absorber.
  • The mechanic will advise if other components need to be replaced.
  • The mechanic will check the suspension again and test drive the car.
  • If necessary, the mechanic will make adjustments.

How much does a Shock Absorber Replacement cost?

The cost of a shock absorber replacement depends on your car and what parts your car's manufacturer recommends using for the replacement. Find out what you could save by having your shock absorber replaced by ClickMechanic, by selecting your car at the top of this page!

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